1. Get involved! I spent my freshmen year afraid of getting out there because there were upperclassmen or people already had friends. It’s a lot worse to sit in your room alone than the fear of putting yourself out there. Join clubs; see what you are interested in. Your freshmen year is going to be the one time in college you have to most time to see what you really want to do when you are there for the next three years.
2. You get out what you put in. You need to go into school and hit the ground running. It can get easy to get caught up in new friends and all the activities going and forget that you are there for school.
3. The “Freshmen Fifteen” is totally preventable: Parents, friends, college graduates, and peers always try to scare you with the “freshmen fifteen” factor. They seem to believe that all you will do during your first year of an unfamiliar lifestyle is eat microwaveable pizzas, drink beer five days a week, and sit on your futon Saturday and Sunday afternoons watching reruns of “Grey’s Anatomy” and cheesy eighties movies. Make sure to eat healthy, join intermerials, hit the gym, try new activities in Madison and make good decisions for your body when you are here.
4. It’s okay to slack of once in a while. Don’t let yourself get over loaded by all the work around you. Keep up with your homework but get out there relax and have fun every now and then. The only way you will succeed is if you take some time to wind down.
5. Manage your money. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, you’ll soon find credit card companies bombarding your mailbox with special offers. While a credit card is a good way to help establish credit, keep your spending under control.
6. Don’t give up. College isn’t supposed to be easy. There are going to be plenty of days that you’re going to wish you were doing something else. It’s crucial to fight through the urge of skipping classes and turning work in late. The harder you work while you’re in school, the more benefits you’ll reap after college.
7. College goes way too fast. Enjoy every minute of it and don’t always live in the future. It’s important to be prepared for life after college but live in the moment and don’t take anything for granted. It will be over before you know it.